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August 25, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Seahawks cut eight players as roster deadline looms

The Seattle Seahawks this morning pared eight players off of their 90-man roster as the deadline to get to 75 nears on Tuesday.

Seattle officially terminated the contracts of veteran OT Wade Smith and CB Terrell Thomas and waived OT Cory Brandon, RB Demitrius Bronson, S Mike Dobson, DE Jackson Jeffcoat, WR Kevin Smith and CB Thomas Wolfe.

Smith and Thomas, as veterans with four-plus years of experience, become immediate free agents. The rest now go through waivers, with teams able to claim them in reverse order of finish from 2013 (same order as NFL Draft).

The moves get Seattle’s roster to 82 with the deadline to cut to 75 coming on Tuesday at 1 p.m.

There are no real surprises on the list as all of the waived players were either recently signed free agents or undrafted free agents.

Jeffcoat received a $15,000 signing bonus, tied with Andru Pulu for the most the Seahawks gave to any undrafted free agent this year.

Bronson, a graduate of Kentwood High who played at UW and Eastern Washington, had been signed as an undrafted free agent following the team’s rookie mini-camp.

Kevin Smith also played at UW.

Wade Smith, 33, was a former Pro Bowler with the Houston Texans signed early in camp to add veteran depth up front. But he failed to make a real dent in the depth chart.

Players with practice squad eligibility can be signed to practice squads beginning on Aug. 31. The NFL last week increased the size of practice squads for this year from eight to 10. In general, players with less than three years of NFL experience are eligible.

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